[Bioc-devel] Byte compiling of packages

Julian Gehring julian.gehring at embl.de
Wed Jan 8 16:43:16 CET 2014


R-2.13 introduced the byte code compiler package 'compiler' [1], which 
can be used to precompile the R code of a package at installation time 
(using the ByteCompile field in the Description file or '--byte-compile' 
with R CMD INSTALL).  I have been using this lately with my own 
packages, and had some notable improvements (and also did not find a 
case where it decreased the performance).  I was wondering if anyone has 
extensive experience with this.  Specifically, are there good reasons 
not to use this by default for packages?

Best wishes

[1] http://dirk.eddelbuettel.com/blog/2011/04/12/

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